Writers’ Colony has a busy month


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas has announced the following courses for the coming week:

• March 7: Telehealth for Communities — Learn from a nurse about all the benefits and services that can be provided through an electronic visit with your healthcare professional. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Butterfield Trail Village. $15.

• March 9: From selfies to sunsets: how to take better photos with a mobile phone. Learn tips and tricks from a professional photographer. Must have an Android or iPhone to participate. 1 to 3 p.m. Mount Sequoyah. $25 members, $40 non-members.

• March 9 to 30: (4 sessions) In Search of Home: Literary and Architectural Structure in the Jane Eyre Novel. Consider the distinction Charlotte Brontë draws between Jane’s “homes” (Lowood School, Thornfield) and the “house” (Ferndale). 1 to 3 p.m. Drake Airfield. $35 members, $50 non-members.

• March 10: How does the United States rank in the world? A summary of the top 10. Learn from a market researcher and pollster how the United States ranks in over 25 key global categories. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. $19 members, $34 non-members.

• March 10: Her story – the women who shaped Fayetteville. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Pryor Center. $25 members, $40 non-members.

Information: (479) 575-4545.


The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, a supplier of blood and plasma to patients at 44 health facilities in the region, needs blood for local use. Recent winter conditions have caused the loss of hundreds of donations. The organization reports a less than three-day supply of O-negative and A-negative blood, but all donations are needed to help replenish supplies after the storm. Blood drives in the CBCO service area perform a vital function in keeping our community healthy.

Residents of the Berryville area will have the opportunity to make a donation at the following location:

Berryville Community Blood Drive, Southern Heights Baptist Church Community Hall, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 10.

Successful donors will receive a quarter-zip sweater, while supplies last.

Appointments are strongly encouraged for this blood drive but are not required.

Information: cbco.org/donate-blood.

Hope Cancer

The Hope Wellness Center at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families on a daily basis with a focus on emotional health no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and advice.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are asked to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.

United Way

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is proud to announce its Volunteer of the Year and Corporate Partner Awards for 2022.

Four Volunteers of the Year were named for their experience leading fundraising efforts for their respective companies. These local campaign coordinators have over 65 years of combined service.

Eighteen companies were honored for increasing their donations, launching/re-establishing a corporate giving campaign or providing in-kind support to United Way. Fifty-four companies were also recognized for the success of their corporate campaign.

The winners are:

• Volunteer of the Year awards celebrate outstanding campaign coordinators with 10+ years of service: Cindy Allgood with Sealed Air Corp (20), Bonnie Bolinger with City of Fayetteville (15), Nate Bachelor with CEI (11), Belinda Hodges with JV Manufacturing (19).

• Growth Awards highlight significant fundraising growth over the past year: CEI, Fayetteville Public Schools, Hogan Taylor, Kennametal, Procter & Gamble, Rogers Public Schools, Springdale School District, University of Arkansas.

• Newcomer Awards recognize new supporters through a workplace giving campaign or corporate donation: Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, ArcBest, Pipelife Jet Stream, Clorox Company, Rogers Public Library Foundation, Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.

• The Comeback Awards honor organizations that have successfully resumed a workplace giving campaign after a hiatus: Bentonville Schools, Walker Brothers Insurance.

• Media Partner Awards recognize organizations that have helped share the story and impact of United Way: CitiScapes, KWNA/FOX 24.

The Corporate Partner Awards were presented to 54 companies that run a workplace giving campaign within their local office and/or support United Way through a corporate donation.

Information: unitedwaynwa.org.


The University of Arkansas Mindfulness Program for Medical Sciences offers online courses to the public in March and April that teach introductory meditation and mindfulness skills.

Six courses are offered this spring. Each course lasts four weeks, with one 75-minute lesson per week. Upcoming course dates include:

• 2 p.m. on Saturdays, from March 5 to 26

• 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from March 8 to 29

• 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from March 29 to April 19

• 2 p.m. on Mondays from April 4 to 25

• 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, from April 6 to 27

• 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 6 to 27.

The course, called Koru Mindfulness, is an introduction to mindfulness meditation and stress management skills. Certified UAMS Mindfulness Program Instructors have been teaching Koru Mindfulness to UAMS students, faculty and interns since 2017. Now the course is also available to the public.

The course costs $120, which includes a book and the Koru Mindfulness app of guided meditations and learning materials, which participants will continue to be able to access after the course is completed. This course will take place in a virtual format on the Zoom platform.

If cost is a major barrier to participation, a scholarship policy is available to avoid turning away anyone with a genuine interest.

Register: mindfulness.uams.edu or email [email protected]

writers colony

The Dairy Hollow Writers Colony is offering an interactive virtual writing workshop led by 2021 Emerging Poet Fellowship winner L. Renee. “Writing Your Family Archives Through Poetry” will guide writers of all backgrounds, genres and levels of experience in creating a family history, a meaningful legacy for their ancestors, through the art of poetry. The workshop will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on March 25 via Zoom. Participants will receive the link upon registration. The course fee is $35 and all proceeds benefit the WCDH Scholarship Fund.

The Changing American South Fellowship invites writers to reconsider Southern identity, their own or that of others. The work can be in any genre: fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, drama or screenplay, or a combination. It can take place in the past or in the present, but should bring new insights into the experience and identity of the South. The successful entry will also demonstrate honesty, literary merit, and likelihood of publication or production. Prior publication is not a requirement. The deadline for applications is May 31 at midnight. Each application must be accompanied by a writing sample and a $35 non-refundable application fee. The scholarship recipient will receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony. Residencies must be completed by December 31, 2023.

WCDH is pleased to introduce its new board members, Tara Cloud Clark and Joe Coykendall.

The WCDH also announced the winner of the 2022 “With Honor and Pride” Fellowship for active military and veteran writers from all literary genres. Nathan Talamantez was selected for his project’s insight, honesty, literary merit, and likelihood of publication. He will receive a two-week residency at WCDH to focus on his writing project.

Information: (479) 253-7444 or writerscolony.org.


In March, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will celebrate the achievements, legacies, and experiences of women as part of National Women’s History Month.

Events will take place on the UAFS campus throughout the month, with two events taking place on March 8 to honor International Women’s Day, a global day of celebration honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. .

The UAFS Boreham Library will host book exhibits and has created a series of online Women’s History Month resources at library.uafs.edu/womenshistory, including a history-focused reading list of women, women writers, gender equity and inclusion.

Women’s History Month events include:

• March 8 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Women’s Appreciation Flower Day with Men of Excellence, campus-wide.

• March 8 — 6 to 7:30 p.m., Women’s History Month Keynote with Tammy Pacheco, Windgate Auditorium.

• March 15 — 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Paint and Sip. Local artist Aaliyah Knowles will host the event, including art supplies and light refreshments for the first 30 attendees, Campus Center Room 129.

• March 31 — 6 to 7:30 p.m., Women’s Empowerment Open Mic Night, Windgate Auditorium. For performer/artist registration, please contact Lynette Thrower at [email protected]

Information: uafs.edu.

From manufacturer to market

The Fayetteville Public Library is accepting applications for From Maker to Market, its new micro-entrepreneurship program, through March 15. To be considered for the program, applicants must have started writing their business plan or prototype plan; be available for weekly evening and weekend classes for 12 weeks; and be able to create a working version of their product with the tools available in the Innovation Center.

The program consists of two parts and application deadlines for additional 2022 sessions will be announced at a later date.

Information: faylib.org/maker-9719.

Air Force Museum

Every Wednesday, the Arkansas Air Force and Army Museum hosts a coffee and conversation meeting at 9 a.m. On March 12, the Fayetteville Museum will host Taxiway Talk: Airport Fire Response, and on March 15, there will be a museum board meeting. An EAA P2 biplane is now on display in the White Hanger. The museum is at 4290 S. School Ave.

Information: arkansasairandmilitary.com or (479) 521-4947.


The Ozarks Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to help with 2022 events and programs. The garden will be holding a general recruitment of new volunteers in the community hall from 11 a.m. to noon on March 10-12.

No need to register. Places will be limited and covid compliant.

Interested volunteers only need to attend one session. Volunteer applications can be found at bgozarks.org/volunteer/. Current volunteers do not need to attend this recruitment.

The garden offers volunteering opportunities in many areas, including office, horticulture, membership, events, education, and more.

Information: bgozarks.org or (479) 750-2620.


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